One of three Clarion-Limestone Lions to be honored by the Keystone Shortway Athletic Conference in its postseason basketball awards announcement, junior Ian Callen won this year’s Most Valuable Player award.
Callen, already over 1,000 career points with a year to go in his varsity career, led the Lions in scoring at 19 points per game while leading the team in rebounds (9.3), assists (5.3) and steals (6.1) per game. His brother Hayden edged him 57-55 for the team lead in blocks.
It’s the third straight year that a Callen was named the KSAC boys’ MVP. His older brother Dan won it the past two seasons.
Also named to the KSAC All-Star team were senior Christian Smith (15.1 ppg.) and sophomore Deion Deas (13.3 ppg.). Smith was a second-team selection while Deas earned a third-team nod.
The Lions were this year’s KSAC champion, finishing the year with a 17-7 overall record.
Along with Callen on the first team were Clarion’s Cameron Craig, Forest Area’s Seth Berlin, North Clarion’s Nathan Banner, Union’s Lucas Bowser and Karns City’s Chase Beighley.
Smith was on the second team with Keystone’s Dalton Jones and Corey Rapp, Clarion’s Austin Hummell and Venango Catholic’s Josh Puleo.
Deas was part of the third team with Keystone’s Nate Wingard, Cranberry’s Dan McQuaide, Karns City’s Austin Fahlor and A-C Valley’s Eddie Sevanus.
Tori Obenrader, the top player on league champion North Clarion, was the girls’ MVP. Joining her on the first team was Karns City’s Emily Hegedus, A-C Valley’s Ellie Thompson, Moniteau’s Emma Bair, Cranberry’s Malliah Schreck and Keystone’s Taylor Geer.
On the second team were Clarion’s Wendy Beveridge and Kait Constantino, Union’s Frankee Remmick, North Clarion’s Abby Gatesman and A-C Valley’s Kylee Eaton.
Redbank Valley’s Tara Hinderliter and Lexi Holt, A-C Valley’s Cami McNany and Olivia Boocks, and Karns City’s Livia Andreassi were on the third team.